Lose Your Lawn, Part 1

by Stephen Morris [I wrote this article for Mother Earth News more than 25 years ago, but, as you will see from tomorrow's post in the Silverback Digest, the topic is still current even if the season is more about raking leaves than cutting grass. Not that I'm competitive, but which article do you think... Continue Reading →

Good News on Silverbacks

[After years of anguishing news about the declines in gorilla population due to poaching and habitat encroachment, it's refreshing to hear a success story, even a fragile one. Credit Dian Fossey, the government of Rwanda, the tourists willing to exchange obscene amounts of money for a shared gorilla experience, and, hey, those of us willing... Continue Reading →

Enough Fun?

Got some spare time this morning? Next time you look at your watch it will be time for lunch. Here's what's going on a mile beneath the surface of the ocean: https://twitter.com/wonderofscience/status/1506970360519962633?s=20&t=Gcq6ZmQdph5uFm185HRcTQ Want to dispel some misconceptions? Here's a list from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_common_misconceptions?ref=stumbled.to&utm_content=null&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Tuesday%204/19%20Email&utm_term=4ABCD Spend a couple of minutes with this, and I guarantee you will... Continue Reading →

Silverbacks Dads

Did Dads Evolve? By Elizabeth Preston This article was originally published at Knowable Magazine and has been republished under Creative Commons. Lee Gettler is hard to get on the phone, for the very ordinary reason that he’s busy caring for his two young children. Among mammals, though, that makes him extraordinary. “Human fathers engage in... Continue Reading →

More on Gorillas

Similarities between mountain gorillas and humans have many manifestations; photo by Molly Feltner Researchers are often struck by gorillas’ apparent humanity. Taking into account our genetic similarities of 95% or above, there has been a long debate about how close humans and gorillas really are. The following summary is from the award-winning Gorilla Highlands Interactive eBook:... Continue Reading →

Caption Contest

Let's go for some Silverback involvement. (We're still figuring this whole thing out, and it will help if you participate.) Here's an image contributed by SB Mark. You supply the caption. Scroll to the bottom to where you can "Leave a Reply." Leave something incredibly witty, insightful, perceptive, and-- what the hell -- jaw-dropping. If... Continue Reading →

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